Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

position for devilries to revel in, without more restraint than is sufficient to keep it in unceasing excitement. Into these thousand, or rather ten thousand and one scrapes, we cannot follow him, but the reader may, much to his advantage. If he finds our author's sea-sketches not always masterly, be will be sure to find them generally amusing ; be will forgive the coarseness on account of the comicality; and the flippancy and frivolity for the sake of the humoor and animal spirits out of which they spring. The Navarino narrative, in particular, will be read with an interest proportioned to the truth and spirit with which it is told.

Fisher's Drawing-room Scrap-book, with Poetical Illustrations. By L. E. L.

We must object, however, to the developement

ibe plot taking place at the commencement of the second volume. The interest is always over when the frame-work is discovered; and Captain

larryatt could easily bave avoided the early de. nouemint of a story which otherwise might bave increased in interest to the end. With the ex. ception of Cooper, there is no novelist so “at home” upon the waters as the Author of “ The King's Own” and “ Newton Forester;" and he has also the happy knack of making his readers at home there, as well as bimself. Pleasing and entertaining as these works are, we look upon them only in the light of promissory notes, and believe that, if it so please him to take a little more pains, Captain Marryatt would rank second to no one in his tales of the sea. Nautical novelists deserve well of their country. Those who love the wooden walls of Old England must, in pro. portion, love those who chronicle their fame. Cordially recommending “ Newton Forester" to

od patriots, we bid the Captain go on and prosper, which, we repeat, he can do, if he will.

Cavendish, or the Patriciau at Sea. 3 vols.

We should find it difficult to be very angry with the Patrician, even if he bad fifty times his real number of faults, on acconnt of the jovial, easy, reckless, off-band style of character that seems to belong to him. Our sea portraits mul tiply so fast, and advance so rapidly in excellence, that we become fastidious, and insist upon a like ness where formerly we were contented with a caricature. « Cavendish” partakes of both the caricature preponderating. There is some naval patare, and a good deal of naval nonsense in it; but if the crew are not always comical, and the look-out not always alluring, the vessel is seldom becalmed; it flies on before the wind with all sails set, and the passenger (that is, the reader) has no time to detect any want of symmetry in the bull, or exactness in the rigging. But we detest metaphors on such matters, and nautical ones more than any. All we meant to say was, that the author is careless as to the means by which his effects are to be produced, and thinks that while the action of his story is not permitted to stand still, it must of necessity be going on to some purpose. To move, with him, is to advance. His plan, if it can be called one, bas this ad. vantage, that it never permits us to sleep ; and in the course of a volume or so, we become as indiffe rent as himself upon the minor points of order and method, and take our annusement very content edly as we find it. The “ Patrician" is a youth who, at fifteen, bis age being the only “ tender” thing about him, is ripe for every possible species of mischief; and though only the son of a peer, is quite self-willed and wicked enough for a prince. The good Marquis his father, (by no means a complimentary delineation of Tory dig. nity,) is lost in admiration and awe of his son's prodigious qualifications for the peerage, and in return for some insult, sends him a bank.note, and an assurance that it is the last he will ever receive from his affectionate father, &c. The sea is of course the only, or at least the most natural resource of such a genius as that of Cavendish; and bere a field opens, wide enough for his dis.

A volume containing thirty-six poems from the pen of Miss Landon, upon subjects as varied as subjects can be, is indeed a valuable addition to the literary banquet of the season. It is to us doubly welcome, because we have been apprehensive that she had deserted the muse, and was content to array her vigorous judgment and rich fancy in the more humble garb of prose. Her heart and soul still are with the Nine. Let her be ever so successful—and that she cessful is certain as a novelist, she will not be removed from her station as a poet. Her hold over the feelings and affections will endure as long as language is capable of exciting either. In the work before us there is ample proof that time and experience bave produced their natural effects; if we miss something of the free, and joyous, and careless revellings in verse, that cha. racterized her earlier productions, we have here the more matured thougbts and reflections of a riper age. Many drops from the rock of reason bave mingled with the fountain of imagination, and it has sent forth a purer and more refreshing stream to gladden and exhilarate the lovers of trae poetry. We hope that the Christmas of every future year will enable us to Jay such an. other “Scrap-book" upon our “ drawing room" table, and congratulate the publishers upon having obtained the assistance of one so capable of ef. fectually rendering it.

W e cannot so bighly praise the pictorial por. tions of the volume. The prints are, we believe, all republications of plates that have appeared elsewhere, and are chiefly selected from the Indian views of Captain Elliott and the National Portrait Gallery. Now, although the works from which they are taken are, according to the Preface, « fountains sealed” to the many, the plan looks too much like “ book making” to meet with the cordial approbation of the critic. If however, the prints however, the prints as well as the poems had been all original, we could not have expected thirty-six plates for a guinea, and the purchaser may easily reconcile himself to the want of novelty by the knowledge that be has at least “ plenty for his money.The publication is "got up" with considerable taste; it is altogether one of great elegance and value, and will prove a most deligbtful gift from the old to the young or, indeed, from the young to the old. It is dedicated by " special permission to the Duchess of Kent.

THE DRAMA, . MRS. GORE'S NEW COMEDY.-A comedy, tise with equal amusement to themselves entitled “Lords and Commons," from the and others. It is a labour-one of those prolific pen of Mrs. Charles Gore, is the last which, doubtless, “physics pain” by the and most noticeable novelty of the Drama “delight” which it engenders, no less in since our last report. Mrs. Gore is the only its practice than in the contemplation of its female writer of the day who has indicated results, but still a labour. If, therefore, the capacity to produce a sterling comedy, the accomplished writer of "Pin-money," representing the actual manners of the day, “Mothers and Daughters," &c. writes for and the state of society out of which those amusement merely, let her abstain from atmanners spring. But Mrs. Gore has “in- tempting to educe it (for herself we mean) dicated" that capacity merely, not evinced from the regular Drama, but keep to novels, it ; and she has done this in her novels “fashionable” ones, if she must, or philoonly, not in the two comedies which she has sophical ones, as she may, or (best of all) produced. The reason of this (and it is those pretty-fancy and fanciful tales with well worth inquiring inlo, in a case like the which she used to favour us-(a “fairy-tale present) is twofold: first, and chiefly, Mrs. without a fairy,” for instance, the prettiest Gore has been so accustomed to write cur. of prose prettinesses). On the other hand, Tente calamo, and to be uniformly successful if she really desires to establish a reputation notwithstanding, or it may be in conse at once brilliant and solid not to mention quence of employing this method, that she profit to herself and benefit to the literature sees no reason why the plan should fail in of her country let her (having first satisfied respect of a comedy any more than of a fa- herself as to the true nature of the task) shionable novel, or an article for an Annual. turn her whole attention to the production Why should it? she may perhaps ask here of a sterling and original comedy; and if self. The answer is simple and decisive: she do not succeed to admiration, let her say a comedy, fitly so called, is essentially dif- that we are no critics-a dictum which we ferent from each and all of the kinds of can scarcely hope she will delay prowriting that Mrs. Gore has hitherto prac nouncing till the period contemplated, seetised with success—$0 different, that an ing that we are compelled to pronounce her essentially different mode and tone of com- present attempt a comparative failure, a position, and an equally different condition failure, however, solely with reference to of sentiment and of mind, is necessary to the what she might, and therefore ought to do ; production of it. There is nothing like car- not as respects similar attempts at the hands Tying an erroneous theory to an extreme of the other dramatists of the day, any one the reductio ad absurdum is decisive in these of whom would be sorely puzzled to produce cases. Let Mrs. Gore try to write a tragedy so pleasant a sketch as “Lords and Comas fast as she can lay pen to paper, and see mons," at so short a notice, and with such how that succeeds. No; she has too much slight materials. taste and judgment. Her failure in pro- The plot of “ Lords and Commons” is ducing a sterling comedy, then, results from very simple, very much 100 simple ; for the error under which she labours as to the there can be no " stage"-effect, any more specific nature of that production, which is than any other effect, without a cause. An the second reason to which we have alluded. “old Indian," one Sir Caleb Cabob—(we A sparkling scene in a novel may-we might seem to remember the identical name and almost say it should be a transcript of an character running a brief career through two actual scene of the life which it professes to or three lively papers in the “Court Jourdepict-an actual portion of actual society nal”)—Sir Caleb Cabob returns from India

-a real reflection of real manners, and laden with wealth, to find his favourite characters, and humours, and sentiments, protege and adopted heir, Frank Melville dressed in the very "compliment extern” (whom he had sent to England before him, which they wear in the actual life of the to make his own fortune in a great commerday to which they may refer, and which cial house in the City) the centre of a regushould always be the present day. But a lar“ system” of satellites, who shine upon comedy, a sterling and durable comedy, only to lead him to his ruin, which the should be, not a portion of real life-an shrewd old gentleman permits them to do, emanation from it--but an extract from it, and thus convinces his favourite of the folly a quintessential spirit of it; and this, not in of his ways. There are, of course, a couple dialogue, or in character, or in action, of love-affairs : the “Lords” who figure in merely and severally, but in each and all of the title-page are of the mingled dandy and these particulars. Mrs. Gore may be assured, black-leg species, who stand for a while in that to write a good comedy is no slight the way of the hero's “reform," and expose task. It is not one among those classes of themselves on his supposed change of for“ easy writing" which persons may prac- tune : there is a dandy valet, who fancies himself (what, in fact, he is) a great deal than the mere milk-and-watery characters more of a philosopher and a gentleman than that usually fill up the interstices of a modern his master; two pattern young ladies, a farce. The scene in which the Vintner repretty lady's maid, a prosy merchant, and lates, in the presence of the King (of which one Dennelt-a machine as useful as its he, the Vintner, is not aware) what the Capnamesake, and (being performed by Harley) tain is in the habit of saying of the said King moving on an equal number of cross springs. —the Captain not daring either to disclose the Out of this plot and personæ Mrs. Gore has King's presence or escape from the exposure, elicited a very fair amount of amusement for is extremely well written, and still better the time being of its representation, but not acted ; and the effect is really like that of a a lasting comedy, that will raise or extend scene in some of the old writers. Cooper her well-deserved reputation.

played the Captain with a mixture of hu“Lords and Commons " was admirably mour, spirit, and judgment, that we do not acted in some of its characters-particularly wish to see surpassed in extravaganzas of those of Sir Caleb, by Farren, and the dan- this kind—which, in the absence of any one dy valet, Birmingham, by Brindall ;-and of those qualities in the actor, become ima dandy lord, by a new actor named Jones pertinencies.Wallack, too, was sufficiently (from Edinburgh) was more than well act- gallant and kingly in Charles 11.-consied-it was well-dressed.

dering that the scene does not escape from “The Bride or LUDGATE.” Such is the the city. In fact, the piece was perfectly title of another novelty which has been pro- well acted throughout, and we are rather duced with unqualified success at the same surprised to perceive that it is not played so house, and which has merits of a superior often as we anticipated from its various dedescription to the common run of those serts. It is the production of Mr. Jerrold, pieces with which it seeks to compete. It and gives promise of still better things hereis a little drama full to overflowing of bustle after. and incident, most of it well imagined “COUNTRY QUARTERS." This is another (which is easy), and some of it not ill exe- one-act trifle, which has been got up for the cuted (which is difficult);- the whole purpose of calling into use the abilities of growing out of the unregal propensity to- Miss Poole,-a little personage whom, with wards miscellaneous gallantry which is all our liking for her frank looks and our said to have characterized the “ Merry admiration of her cleverness, we would fain Monarch," wbo equally escaped the saying see elsewhere than at a “ regular" theatre, of foolish things and the doing of wise ones. unless she is to occupy the exact place there In one of his amorous adventures in the which her age, &c. would naturally point city, he encounters a certain Melissa, the out. There are numerous characters which beautiful ward of a rich old Usurer, whom she would play infinitely better than they she is (seemingly) about to wed, though ever are played, and wbich, notwithstanding she is in heart devoted to an outlawed rebel, her engagement in the Company, are given who, not daring to woo her openly, is com- to others while what she does play is ad. pelled to fall in with the blunder of her mired only on the principle of the fly in the guardian and pass for the lover of her maid, amber, and in spite of the incongruity which -unknown, however, to the fair one ber- it throws into almost every piece in which self, and therefore at the expense of certain she is introduced—at least at this theatre doubts, fears, and jealousies, which end in for at the English Opera she was much the generosity of the King pardoning both

more naturally employed. the rival and the rebel, and making the COUNTRY QUARTERS” is a light but marriage palatable to all parties. A great not very lively affair, turning upon the innumber of incidents arise collaterally out of trigues of a gay cavalier who makes love to these circumstances, the whole of which his own wife without knowing her. It has are brought out by a dialogue of unusual no merit but that of brevity. terseness, and put together with an excel- The PANTOMIMES. Before our Journal lent notion of stage-effect. There are also appears the Pantomimes will have mingled some touches of character here and there, their pleasing monstrosities with the imagiand one complete and consistent sketch nations of thousands of little boys and girls, which merit entire commendation. The who in virtue of the same will remain little part of Captain Mouth, though a sort of boys and girls all their lives, -at least durrevival of the Parolles, &c. of the old drama, ing the first week of these best of all “comic has some originality about it, and though annuals.” extravagant, is infinitely more acceptable

FINE ARTS.

ROYAL ACADEMY.

the first medal in the painting school, and At a general assembly of the academicians, the first medal in the life-a circumstance, beld at Somerset House, the following dis- we believe, without parallel in the annals of tributions of premiums took place --To Mr. the institution. He has now gathered the Daniel M'Clise, for the best Historical last laurel. The steadiness of this youth in Painting, the gold medal and the “ Dis. the pursuit of his object, is a pledge against courses of the Presidents Reynolds and the otherwise startling rapidity with which West," handsomely bound and inscribed. he has attained eminence. We have, upon To Mr. Sebastian Wyndham Arnald, for the more than one occasion since our earliest best Group in Sculpture, the gold medal and mention of him, noticed with commendation the " Discourses of the Presidents Reynolds some of the early works of Mr. M'Clise, and and West."-To Mr. Eden Upton Eddis, we trust that our anticipation of bis ultimate for the best Copy made in the Painting success may be as brilliantly realized as he School, the silver medal and the “ Lectures can himself desire." of the Professors Barry, Opie, and Fuseli. To Mr. Robert Martin, for a Copy made in Mr. Parris has been appointed Historical the Painting School, the silver medal.—To Painter to the Queen ; her Majesty having Mr. William Edward Frost, for the best previously purchased a work which he had Drawing from the Life, the silver medal and just completed. We believe it will be unithe “ Lectures of the Professors Barry, Opie, versally acknowledged that a more judicious and Fuseli.”—To Mr. Charles West Cope, selection could not have been made from for a Drawing from the Life, the silver medal. among the numerous professors of British art.

-To Mr. Edgar George Papworth, for the Until lately, Mr. Parris was known only as best Model from the Life, the silver medal. the painter of one of the most astonishing pro-To Mr. Henry Fenning, for the best ductions of modern times-the Panorama of Drawings of the London University, the London at the Coloseum ;* but he has re. silver medal and the “Lectures of the Pro- cently exhibited productions of a very diffefessors Barry, Opie, and Fuseli."'---To Mr. rent nature; the mind that could conceive John Crake, for Drawings of the London and execute so vast and grand a work as University, the silver medal.—To Mr. Edw. that to which we have referred, was equally Ridley, for the best Drawings from the An. capable of delineating the more simple tique, the silver medal and the “ Lectures graces of nature, the beauty of form and of the Professors Opie and Fuseli."— To countenance, and the attractive scenes and Mr. John Sluce, for a Drawing from the circumstances of every-day life. His picture Antique, a silver medal.--To Mr. Frederick of the “Bridesmaid" is doubtless well known Orson Rossi, for the best Model from the to our readers. It is a pleasant task to reAntique, the silver medal and the “ Lectures cord the appointment of such a man to a of the Professors Opie and Fuseli.”_To distinguished station in his profession ; but Mr. Henry James Hakewill, for a Model while we congratulate Mr. Parris upon the from the Antique, the silver medal.

honour obtained by industry and talent, it After the distribution, the President ad. will not be considered disrespectful if we dressed a discourse to the candidates and add, that the circumstance is also honourstudents; and the General Assembly ap- able to her Majesty. It is the proudest and pointed officers for the ensuing year, when the most enviable privilege of power and Sir Martin Archer Shee was unanimously wealth that their possessor is enabled to disre-elected President.

play a right estimate of their value. The “Literary Gazette,” in stating the distribution of these premiums, thus alludes to the gentleman to whom was award

FINE ARTS-PUBLICATIONS. ed the gold medal for the best Historical

Brockedon's Route from London to Painting:

Naples, Part II.-from Paris to Turin. “It has been our fortune to know Mr. M'Clise from the commencement of his Lon

The high expectations excited by the first part

of Mr. Brockedon's new work, will be fully gratidon career, and we were the first to be at

fied by the excellence of the second number, tracted by, and publicly to notice, the pro

which contains the route from Paris to Turin mise of his talent. Four years since, with

by Fontaineblean, Montargis, Nevers, Moulins, doubt and diffidence, be presented to that Lyons, Chamberry, and the Mont Cenis. The Academy, from which he has now taken the letter-press, which is as admirably adapted to the highest degree in the arts, a probationary parpose intended, as before avoiding the nudrawing to enable him to become a student; . and he has since annually carried away the His Panorama of Madras, exhibited near first medals in his respective classes. Last the London University, although upon a much year Mr. M'Clise obtained, at the same time, smaller scale, is perhaps of equal excellence.

Jan.-VOL. XXXVI. NO, CXXXIII.

merous impertinences which so often render a Stark is evidently a faithful and an agrecable road-book more like a ponderous statistical trea. copyist of nature; there is much grace and eletise, than an agreeable travelling companion, dis gance in his pictures, blended with no trifting plays, in an entertaining manner, all that can con degree of power and effect. We are unacgnaintduce to pleasure or instruction by the way; while ed with the works of his pencil, but it is not often of the engravings, as works of art, we cannot that the engraver improves upon the painter, speak too favourably. They are five in number, and if our opinion may be formed from wbat is and so equally executed, that it would be a before us, Mr. Stark may hold a high rank as a matter of difficulty to select any one among them landscape painter-either in Norfolk or in Lonof greater or less merit than the rest. Lyons, don. The engravings are, moreover, of the very from a drawing by C. Stanfield, is the first which best class. Goodall, Millar, Cooke, C. Fox, W. occurs, a calm and peaceful landscape, treated R. Smith, Brandard, &c. have the chief merit that with due justice by Mr. Finden. Chamberry belongs to this department. The letter-press defrom the road to Aix succeeds, a plate executed scriptions, although necessary limited, are written with the utmost degree of softness and elegance. in a very pleasant style; and, altogether, the We would particularly direct attention to the ex- work is one of exceeding excellence--that may quisite finish of the middle ground, and the be safely recommended to all admirers of art and gradual diminution of sbade upon the mountains lovers of nature. on the right, until they are almost blended with

The Gallery of the Society of Painters in the tranquil heaven above them. Lanslebourg,

Water Colours. Part I. from the ascent to the Mont Cenis, with the pictoresque little town, reduced to a mere spot No class of art has been cultivated with such amidst the bold mountain scenery which Sur- eminent success in this country as that of painting rounds it, is a noble prospect, and the figures in- in water colours. The annual exhibition of its troduced remarkably appropriate. The approach more distinguished professors, at their gallery in to Susa from the Italian side of the same ridge is Pall Mall, is one of the richest treats of a London equally entitled to commendation, and presents season. It is, therefore, with extreme pleasure we such a sky as the possessors of this elegant en welcome the first part of a work, intended to con. graving ought to consider themselves privileged

tain a selection of the choicest specimens that to look upon. Last appears Turin, stretched

have, from time to time, delighted us afar off, but along the banks of the Po, with its regular and

which are now to be within our reach at a very stately architecture, rendered yet more imposing moderate sacrifice. No. 1. contains a view of by the magnificent chain of Alps wbich forms the Venice, by Samuel Prout, engraved by E. Goodback-ground of the picture. We have before be- all: the Gamekeeper, by W. Hunt, engraved by stowed our warmest praise upon Mr. Brockedon's E. Smith; and Rembrandt in his study, by J. efforts to retain the patronage he so deservedly Stephanoff, engraved by C. Lewis. They are three enjoys. We have only room to repeat the com- admirable proofs of what the water-colour paint mendation, and to congratulate all who have the ers have done; and it is obvious that the pub. advantage of procuring such a valuable director

lisher desires to render justice to their talents by

lisher desires to render instice to their tale in their travels, or so favourable an opportunity placing them in the hands of the most skilful en. of contemplating at home the finished efforts of

of gravers. The print of Venice is worthy of Samuel an art, which renders the most attractive or sub.

Pront, an artist who, if less fanciful than some lime scenery little less than present, with its full

of his younger competitors, is for truth and deli. beauty and richest associations. We should not

cate correctness still without a rival in his pro. omit to mention, that the engravings are all by fession. We never behold the tracings of his the hand of the same skilful artist.

pencil without enjoyment; and it seems as if he at

once transported us to the scene he has described. Scenery of the Rivers of Norfolk-the

His influence over our feelings and our judgment Yare, the Waveney, and the Bure, from

has never grown less, although dozens of accomPictures painted by James Stark.

plished draughtsmen have grown up around us

since we first cultivated acquaintance with the British artists are too fond of roaming abroad

powerful and delicious pencil of Samuel Prout. in search of the picturesque; we hope it is not because the public mind is indifferent to that

Landscape Illustrations to the Waverley which is easy of access; or rather that which is

Novels. Part XX. considered so, for the number of those who have seen and examined the beauties of their own land, This beautiful work is now completed, and is exceedingly limited. We venture to affirm that forms either an exquisite volume for the drawing. the Rbine, the Danube, and the Po, have had room, a fine set of prints for the portfolio, or a more visitors from England than the Yare, the valuable series of accompaniments to the novels Waveney, and the Bure. Yet these rivers of of Walter Scott. They correspond in size with Norfolk are rich in beauty, and possess attractions the new edition of his works, which can scarcely for the traveller, little short of those to behold be considered perfect without them. They will which he is satisfied to journey a thousand miles. add but little to the expense of a library, but We have been comparing British scenery with greatly indeed to the pleasure and information of that of France. in the works of Mr. Stark and the reader. As works of art we have so frequently Mr. Brockedon; and, taking for granted that praised them, as to render now unnecessary a they have both selected the most attractive more detailed notice of their merits. We shall, subjects, the result of our comparison is by no however, take an early opportunity of reviewing imeans to the disadvantage of Old England. Mr. the printed work, explanatory of the subjects.

« AnteriorContinuar »